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2010 Mollydooker “Carnival of Love” McLaren Vale Shiraz

The chef says…

Wickedly wonderful, this Shiraz brings home the bacon and a bag of chips too. It has been a long time since I tasted the purity of a varietal from such a terroir driven location; oh yeah, hold on I’ve never tasted a Shiraz from McLaren Vale that was this good. I have four decades of Syrah (Shiraz) tasting experience and never has a wine from down under rocked my world like the Carnival of Love Shiraz 2010 from Mollydooker. This wine has a reputation of power in its flavors and structure and as much as that description is dead to rights the finesse and complexity is often overlooked. There is also a softness that is sexy, plush and luscious in a way that sets this Shiraz apart from anything you have ever tasted before. The aromas are fruity and spicy, yeah big surprise there. The flavors are smooth bordering on creamy and that was a big surprise, what wasn’t a surprise was that those flavors were dark berry, licorice or caramelized fresh fennel, anise and braised meat depending on who was tasting it and whether it was an hour after opening or four hours after opening. It would be hard to find a dish that was too big for this wine to pair with, but on that note this is not a wine to serve with complex cuisine as the food might steal the spotlight from the real star of the show, the Shiraz. The perfect meal for this wine is a bold flavored dish that is simplistic yet luxurious. When you need a wine that will impress seek this one out. It will still be drinking well even a decade from now so put it on your bucket list even if it’s not in your immediate grasp. It is definitely “Slap your Momma” good and certainly MacDaddy approved.

The somm says…

The first whiff tells all, like a storybook in a bottle—amazing from the get go and that’s saying a lot. It is not often the nose tells the story but this wine is different at every angle. Remember that big present wrapped with the ginormous gold bow under the Christmas tree? Well, this is that gift you always hope it has your name on it. Sure, good things come in small packages, but every once in a while it’s nice to get that big box. Hearty and robust, this wine has a smooth entry with dense layers of complex black fruit, licorice and clove leading to a flawless mid-palette that finishes with a long, yin (smooth) and yang (tannic) finish. This is an out of this world, super impressive Shiraz worth seeking out. Good things do come in large packages and it has your name on it. Drink now or cellar for a decade.

Rating: Excellent (95) | $90 | 15.5% ABV

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3 Responses to “2010 Mollydooker “Carnival of Love” McLaren Vale Shiraz”

  1. Doug says:

    I love Mollydooker. Have you guys tried the velvet glove? I haven’t tried it but I hear it is really good.

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